Surgery at 109 Years Old – Mary’s Story

This week, Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (LHAAMC) welcomed our oldest surgical patient in the hospital’s history.

Mary Saxe is 109 years old and recently moved to the Annapolis area to live closer to her son and daughter-in-law.

After breakfast with friends, she suddenly lost balance and fell on her right side. She was quickly brought to LHAAMC for evaluation and medical staff determined her fractured hip would require surgery. Dr. Bigby performed a partial hip replacement on Mary’s right hip.

“Everyone has been so kind,“ she said of her medical team. “They’re taking good care of me while I’m here.”

“On behalf of the entire JSU team, it was an honor to care for Mary after her hip surgery,” said Eve Sage, Clinical Director, General Surgical Unit & Joint and Spine Unit. “Mary’s wit, words of wisdom and appreciation for life filled our hearts.”

“We were so impressed with the level of care, professionalism and services that our mother received at LHAAMC,” said Charles Saxe, Mary’s son. “She was in good hands.”

In the coming days, Mary will begin rehabilitation.

“People always ask me to share my secret to aging well,” Mary said. “I have no secret at all. The only recommendation I have is to keep moving. Keep moving as much as you can, as long as you can.”  

Thank you to the entire LHAAMC team for their expert care as Mary recovers!